Refuse-derived fuel and integrated calcium hydroxide sorbent for coal combustion desulfurization

Sheng Chu, Cheng Zhu, Geoffrey A. Tompsett, T. J. Mountziaris, Paul J Dauenhauer

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Pelletized refuse-derived fuel (RDF; 65 wt % nonrecyclable fibers/plastics) and integrated calcium hydroxide sorbent (35 wt %), referred to as a ReEngineered Feedstock (ReEF), were evaluated as a renewable fuel and an in situ sulfur sorbent within pulverized coal combustion. Characterization of ReEF with scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy indicated random distribution of calcium hydroxide sorbents on fiber/plastic particles. The sulfation kinetics of ReEF combustion were evaluated in a drop-tube reactor at variable conditions (800-1000 °C, 1400 ppm of SO2, and 5-30% O2 in N2) with continuous effluent characterization via online IR spectroscopy. Sulfation of calcium hydroxide in ReEF was delayed because of RDF combustion when compared with pure calcium hydroxide sorbent. A low-O2 condition was shown to produce high conversion of calcium hydroxide to calcium sulfate X(Ca(OH)2) > 0.4), while calcination and combustion of ReEF in a high-O2 environment (O2 > 20%) resulted in increased sorbent sintering and reduced total sulfur uptake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3136-3144
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume54
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Refuse derived fuels
Calcium Hydroxide
Hydrated lime
Coal combustion
Desulfurization
Sorbents
Feedstocks
Sulfur
Plastics
Calcium Sulfate
Fibers
Calcination
Effluents
Infrared spectroscopy
Calcium
Sintering
Scanning electron microscopy
Kinetics

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Refuse-derived fuel and integrated calcium hydroxide sorbent for coal combustion desulfurization. / Chu, Sheng; Zhu, Cheng; Tompsett, Geoffrey A.; Mountziaris, T. J.; Dauenhauer, Paul J.

In: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 54, No. 12, 01.01.2015, p. 3136-3144.

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Chu, Sheng ; Zhu, Cheng ; Tompsett, Geoffrey A. ; Mountziaris, T. J. ; Dauenhauer, Paul J. / Refuse-derived fuel and integrated calcium hydroxide sorbent for coal combustion desulfurization. In: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 2015 ; Vol. 54, No. 12. pp. 3136-3144.
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